Posted March 24th, 2013, 06:52 PM
If you are there for 8 hours, there's plenty of time to see everything and have a nice lunch. I vaguely recall a restaurant at the entrance. For those who have less time but need a "sugar fix" during the day, there is a gift shop that must sell food and I'm sure there are "fast food" options (ice cream, etc.) that will take the edge off.
If it's a nice day . . . eat on the run and see the flowers.
One tip . . . get there as early as you can. The crowds have yet to arrive and there are many more opportunities to see everything and get great photos. Likewise, wait to eat until the crowds arrive -- they will be seeing the flowers and the food stations won't be as crowded.
One other (unsolicited) suggestion . . . spend $250 on a good camera. Not $2500 but, $250. There are some WONDERFUL pictures to be taken and it helps if you have a camera that can zoom in on the flowers and bees and . . . When I took my photos to the camera shop to be developed (about 8 yrs ago!), they thought my photos were professional grade. And I have no photo training. What I'm saying is that, if you have a "decent" camera (10+ digital zoom), you can take some amazing shots.